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Program Overview

Human health and healthcare is an integral and essential part of daily life and requires an ever-larger share of society's resources. The College of Arts and Sciences' health studies program offers a 15-credit interdisciplinary minor that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the complex issues related to the current and future environment of contemporary healthcare.

The minor is appropriate for:

  • Any University student seeking to learn more about healthcare and healthcare delivery as a current/future consumer
  • Pre-health students who will become future health professionals and must have a broad and integrative background for the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the field
  • Non-pre-health students who want to become better educated about healthcare, as well as more competitive and better prepared to enter one of the countless professional that connected to the environment of contemporary healthcare
  • Empowered health consumers and advocates for family and friends in future health care interactions

Health Studies Program at Fairfield University

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Office of Undergraduate Admission

P: (203) 254-4100
F: (203) 254-4199

Student Learning Outcomes



Develop a broad understanding of the personal, professional, and societal impact of health and healthcare delivery issues.



Appreciate the breadth of issues impacting health and healthcare from the perspectives of science and technology, social sciences, traditions, delivery, and ethics.



Take an interdisciplinary approach to thinking critically about health and healthcare.



Apply an interdisciplinary approach to investigating specific healthcare issues.

Requirements & Curriculum

Required Courses

For a 15-credit minor in Health Studies, students complete the following:

Introduction to Health Studies
One (1) Science and Technology of Healthcare elective
One (1) Social Science of Healthcare elective
One (1) Traditions, Delivery, and Ethics of Healthcare elective
Health Studies Capstone

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

Stag Spotlight

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Morgan Walton

Class of '17

Get to Know Morgan

Undergrad Degree: Psychology Major, Educational Studies Minor & Health Studies Minor
Hometown: Cheshire, Connecticut
Extracurricular Activities: Chair Member for Relay for Life, Glee Club, Headstart, Hunger Clean Up, Running Club

Why did you choose to attend Fairfield University?

I chose to attend Fairfield University for many different reasons. One of the major reasons was because it was a university that focused strongly on a liberal arts education. All my life I have been a very passionate person about many different subjects, and coming into college I was undecided about what I wanted to study and pursue as a career. Fairfield was the school that gave me the opportunity to explore all of these subjects and interests of mine. I was able to take a variety of core classes and have the opportunity to learn more about the subjects I was interested in. This was a major benefit that made me a more well-rounded student overall. I was also looking for a school that had smaller class sizes and the development of one-on-one relationships with my professors. I didn’t just want to be a number. Another reason why I chose to attend Fairfield was because of the location. It wasn’t too far away from home, the surrounding area had a lot to offer including the beach, restaurants, shops, and having the train station nearby made it easy to travel into the city! The campus was also another major thing that captured my attention. When I came for my first tour of Fairfield, I fell in love with the campus. To me Fairfield felt and looked like a college campus, which was something I was really looking for as a student. It immediately felt like home, and the place that I knew I could strive and succeed at.


How did you select your major and minors?

When I first came to Fairfield, I was undecided about my major. I had a hard time picking only one subject that I wanted to focus on, and I was still unsure about what I really wanted to do as a career. However, this year I finally found my passion! I want to become a child life specialist. A child life specialist is someone who encourages development of children facing challenging experiences such as cancer, provides emotional support for their families, and provides information and guidance along the way. Once I figured this out I declared Psychology as my major. I am also double minoring in Educational Studies and Health Studies (the first student at Fairfield University to declare this minor!) I have always had a passion for teaching and I love working with children. I have also always been interested in pursuing a career in a Health related field, so once the Health Studies minor finally got approved I was extremely excited about that. My major and minors seemed like the perfect combination for what my career goal is in the future.


Describe the ways that the university’s Jesuit mission and identity had a positive influence in your academic and personal experience while at Fairfield.

The Jesuit mission and identity of Fairfield University believes that learning shall be done through experience and reflection. It provides us with a liberal education in which we are able to create, imagine, and appreciate. Fairfield believes that learning is a life long process and that each of our individual education is the foundation for professional development. Fairfield provides its students with opportunities to go out into the community through both service and academic activities. You can bring your learning to life and out into the real world. By taking part in these opportunities, I have learned a lot about myself and about the community around me. Going out into the community is such a rewarding experience. You may not realize it, but you are truly making a difference and helping others, and to me that is the best experience of all. I feel very grateful and privileged to be a student at such a wonderful university.

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Students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions are encouraged to participate in the University's Health Professions program, a careful mentoring and advising process that begins during their first year. Students receive specific advice on how to best prepare themselves to become strong applicants for admission into a health professions graduate school, which includes selecting an appropriate course of study and identifying potential internship and research opportunities.

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the members of our Health Studies program.

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